One of the biggest challenges as an artist, especially after a graduate program, is trying to find your feet again. So, the first year was tough in that sense, but Parsons prepared me to navigate the art world in so many ways. How do you do all of that? How do you survive, but still have the luxury and the time to think about your work, and to be in your studio 12 hours a day to produce the work? My name is Jade Yumang. I’m based currently in Vancouver and New York. I’m an artist and a researcher, and I’m a sessional instructor in art history, visual art, and theory. Most of my work deals with historical amnesia in relation to queer ethos. I don’t have a specific technique or medium. It’s about chasing the idea and seeing what methodology would work visually with that. Parsons invites critics, and curators, and established artists to come to your studio, and it happens almost every week. Part of the curriculum at the MFA Fine Arts program at Parsons involved everything to do with the business side of being an artist. I just thought I was just going to be this selfish artist hoping and praying that someone will look at my work. But I realized that it involved documenting your work properly, having a proper website. To, how to talk to curators, how to talk to critics, how to have studio visits, how to prepare your ideas in front of people in a short period of time. It’s not just the romantic idea of being in the studio and getting the work done, but the reality of it. I recently got two grants the last two years, which has helped me pursue the work that I’m doing head-on. While I was at Parsons, a lot of my instructors kept pushing me to a direction that I knew that I heading to but I was really, really afraid to go. Now, using performance as part of my work is integral to what I do. That two years at Parsons was a really wonderful, rigorous, sometimes-difficult, two years of my life. But more importantly for me, I’m not afraid anymore in pursuing ideas head-on. I’m always willing to experiment, always willing to go there for the sake of that big idea.